Category: External News

Can the CSIRO beat Dutch corporate giant DSM to get low emissions cattle feed to market?

In the race to commercialise a product that will significantly reduce methane emissions in cattle around the world, CSIRO and its collaborators have developed a product that cuts emissions by 90 per cent. Source: ABC Livestock Can the CSIRO beat Dutch corporate giant DSM to get low emissions cattle feed to market?

ABARES lifts forecasts for wheat, barley, canola

ABARES has lifted its estimate for the wheat crop now being harvested by 5.5pc to 34.4Mt, while its barley number is up 6.5pc to 13.3Mt, and canola has risen 13.8pc to 5.7Mt. Source: Grain Central ABARES lifts forecasts for wheat, barley, canola

Record year for Australian winter crop production: ABARES

Australian winter crop production is forecast to reach a new national record, according to the December Australian Crop Report released today by ABARES. Source: Grain Central Record year for Australian winter crop production: ABARES

WA live exporters win export licence appeals

WESTERN Australian live exporters Emanuel Exports and its subsidiary EMS Rural Exports are free to resume shipments after December 3, more than three years after their licences were cancelled by the industry regulator. Source: Sheep Central WA live exporters win export licence appeals

CSIRO scientist talks bushfires, fuel loads and climate change

A new study shows a significant increase in forest fires has occured since 2000, with climate being the main catalyst, but more work is needed to assess the impact of fuel loads, researchers say. Source: Beef Central CSIRO scientist talks bushfires, fuel loads and climate change

Flood focus shifts to crumbling roads

Farmers and rural communities across New South Wales are bracing for an enormous cleanup effort as floodwaters subside, with concerns about the condition of local roads once the water retreats. Source: Beef Central Flood focus shifts to crumbling roads

Feedgrain Focus: Trade thin ahead of further rain

The wet and late wheat harvest in NSW has created some shorts in the market as exporters and consumers chase some near-term coverage. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Trade thin ahead of further rain

Separate QLD property aggregations make $110m

Serious confidence in the cattle sector has been demonstrated yet again today, with close to $110 million paid for two separate Central and North Queensland grazing aggregations. One involved a North American buyer; the other a North American vendor. Source: Beef Central Separate QLD property aggregations make 0m

Graeme Acton Beef Connections: Lightning bolts of beef inspiration

COVID may have stopped the world from travelling but it clearly couldn’t stop 10 young beef industry achievers and their mentors from sharing some amazing personal journeys over the past year. Source: Beef Central Graeme Acton Beef Connections: Lightning bolts of beef inspiration

MLA members elect agri-food specialist to board

MEAT and Livestock Australia members have elected two directors to the MLA board last week During the AGM on 25 November, MLA members also elected a cattle producer representatives to… Source: Sheep Central MLA members elect agri-food specialist to board

Recruitment: How to keep staff productive in this festive time

DECEMBER is a time for Christmas cheer and holiday spirit, but it can also often be a challenging month, with less man-hours to do work, lower employee productivity and potentially, a fall in employee morale. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: How to keep staff productive in this festive time

Young wool growers head to South Australia for AWI course

YOUNG wool growers will converge on Clare in South Australia next year for the next Australian Wool Innovation Breeding Leadership course. Source: Sheep Central Young wool growers head to South Australia for AWI course

Maternal ewe and Merino lambs take price hit online

MOST maternal ewe and Merino lambs averaged cheaper on AuctionsPlus as online buyers bid more strongly for crossbred and composite lambs, and joined ewes, last week. Source: Sheep Central Maternal ewe and Merino lambs take price hit online

Murchison cell fence will allow sheep and goat increase

WILD dog control, sheep flock and goat herd rebuilding in Western Australia’s Murchison region will be boosted by the completion of a dog-proof fence enclosing 6.5 million hectares. Source: Sheep Central Murchison cell fence will allow sheep and goat increase

Recruitment: Tips to keep staff happy and productive during the holiday season

While December is a time for Christmas cheer and holiday spirit, it can also often be one of the more challenging months of the year, with less man-hours to do work, a drop in employee productivity and potentially, a drop in employee morale. Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Tips to keep staff happy and productive… Read more »

GrainCorp receivals pass 4.5Mt as wet conditions prevail

Despite heavy rains and flooding throughout parts of the eastern grain belt, receivals into GrainCorp’s eastern sites have pushed over the 4.5Mt mark over the past week. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp receivals pass 4.5Mt as wet conditions prevail

Final 2021 Wycheproof store sale sheep lacked bloom

YOUNG first cross ewes made to $395, ewe lambs to $376 and Merino ewes to $300 before a small pre-harvest crowd at the final 2021 Wycheproof store sheep sale on Friday. Source: Sheep Central Final 2021 Wycheproof store sale sheep lacked bloom

Meet the family building a desert dynasty in the Red Centre

Angus and Kimberley McKay are quietly building a cattle empire in the desert, making bold purchases and adopting a prudent cattle management plan to look after their land. Source: ABC Livestock Meet the family building a desert dynasty in the Red Centre

Blistering pace continues for young cattle online

Recent rain, combined with last week’s La Nina outlook has clearly bolstered confidence in the northern cattle market, adding to the already very tight supply of cattle on offer. Almost every beast out of Queensland offered across commercial cattle sales online this week found a home. Source: Beef Central Blistering pace continues for young… Read more »

In Tasmania's dairy country only nine family farms remain in local hands, but a farmer investment group is turning the tables

In a region with one of the highest levels of corporate and foreign-owned farmland in Australia, a farmer investment group has sprung up in Tasmania’s north-west to keep local farmers on the land. Source: ABC Livestock In Tasmania’s dairy country only nine family farms remain in local hands, but a farmer investment group is turning… Read more »

Vets who treated sick dogs fear there's more toxic meat in freezers

In June, a Victorian veterinarian clinic started seeing dogs with a mystery illness. A week later they were inundated with sick animals.  Source: ABC Livestock Vets who treated sick dogs fear there’s more toxic meat in freezers

Rain prompts reduction in bushfire outlook

Widespread across from Central Queensland down to the New England in New South Wales has prompted has downgraded the bushfire risk for a large area this summer. Source: Beef Central Rain prompts reduction in bushfire outlook

Feeder steer indicator breaks 550c/kg, while paddock sales remain strong

Feeder steers have made record breaking prices this week, with Meat & Livestock Australia’s Feeder Steer Indicator exceeding 550c/kg for the first time ever. Source: Beef Central Feeder steer indicator breaks 550c/kg, while paddock sales remain strong

Live export permit system lacks efficiency, review tells Dept of Ag

A review of the Federal Department of Agriculture’s system for issuing livestock export permits and health certificates has identified several concerns with its processes, including its reliance on outdated IT systems. Source: Beef Central Live export permit system lacks efficiency, review tells Dept of Ag

Stanbroke’s Miranda Downs sets national property record at $215m

It was confirmed this week that Stanbroke’s showcase Gulf of Carpentaria grazing property Miranda Downs changed hands for $215 million, setting an Australian record for a single grazing property transaction. The price was considerably higher than the figure of ‘well in excess of $160m’ quoted when contracts were written back in June. Source: Beef… Read more »

Strong wool auctions, but forward trading languishes

A WELCOME strong finish to this week’s spot auctions put the AWEX Eastern Market finish in positive territory for consecutive weeks for the first time this season. The table below… Source: Sheep Central Strong wool auctions, but forward trading languishes

Red Meat Advisory Council takes more assertive public path in 2021

From pushing back against banks over discriminatory lending practices to leading the charge against misleading labelling of plant-based proteins, the Red Meat Advisory Council has taken a strategically more assertive path in its approach to red meat industry affairs in the past year. Source: Beef Central Red Meat Advisory Council takes more assertive public… Read more »

Chinese top maker boosts Merino wool auction prices

CHINESE top-making demand created a surge in Merino wool buying across Australia this week. Source: Sheep Central Chinese top maker boosts Merino wool auction prices

Carcoar’s working dog challenge and sale to be livestreamed

A PROMISE of big money has attracted Australia’s top working dog trainers and breeders to the inaugural Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange Working Dog Challenge at Carcoar. Source: Sheep Central Carcoar’s working dog challenge and sale to be livestreamed

WoolProducers circulates AWI oversight body proposal

PEAK grower body WoolProducers Australia has circulated a proposal to be the oversight body for Australian Wool Innovation as Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud discusses industry structural reform. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers circulates AWI oversight body proposal

Red meat R&D: Processing trial of small stock electronic ID

AMPC is investing in a technology trial which aims to improve the nation’s traceability and biosecurity capability by identifying individual small stock (sheep, lamb, and goats) at processing plants. Source: Sheep Central Red meat R&D: Processing trial of small stock electronic ID

Rain pummels east coast, swelling rivers, wiping out crops

Hopes of a bumper harvest are dashed in parts of New South Wales as rain continues, flooding towns and leaving farmers feeling anxious. Source: ABC Grain Rain pummels east coast, swelling rivers, wiping out crops

Banks move to announce “agri green-loan” schemes

With reducing emissions at the top of the agenda this year, several banks have come forward in recent weeks to announce “agri green-loan” schemes. Source: Beef Central Banks move to announce “agri green-loan” schemes

Drive to invest in new knowledge and technology, MLA shareholders told at AGM

MLA will launch a Carbon Neutral Red Meat Product Catalogue targeted at producers in coming weeks, as part of its Carbon Neutral by 2030 commitment. Managing director Jason Strong outlined the new project while discussing CN30 developments during this afternoon’s MLA annual general meeting, held online for the second consecutive year. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Inflation, sustainability and ASF to drive global markets in 2022

Rural banking specialist Rabobank is forecasting 2022 to be a year of opportunity for Australia’s agriculture sector – with inflation, sustainability and African Swine Fever the main issues to watch. Source: Beef Central Inflation, sustainability and ASF to drive global markets in 2022

Cattle Baron and The Great Aussie Cattle Quiz – two great Christmas gift ideas from Beef Central

New stock of Beef Central’s popular board games, ‘The Great Aussie Cattle Quiz’ and ‘Cattle Baron’ have arrived, and will make an ideal present to put under this year’s Christmas tree. Early orders are strongly advised, as Australia Post has warned of possible parcel delivery delays closer to Christmas. Source: Beef Central Cattle Baron… Read more »

Australian Wool Innovation to undergo ANAO audit

AUSTRALIA’S Auditor-General’s office will undertake an audit of Australian Wool Innovation’s obligations to levy payers and taxpayers next year, Senator Glenn Sterle said today. Source: Sheep Central Australian Wool Innovation to undergo ANAO audit

Rain impacts grain harvest, stock movements

Widespread rain on already wet parts of northern NSW has created plenty of run-off in recent days, with roads cut, dams spilling and harvest interrupted. Source: Grain Central Rain impacts grain harvest, stock movements

Demand for turkeys soars ahead of Thanksgiving and Christmas

A South Australian turkey producer fills orders from across Australia ahead of Christmas, as American expats prepare to feast on his birds as they celebrate Thanksgiving today. Source: ABC Livestock Demand for turkeys soars ahead of Thanksgiving and Christmas

Cattle Council AGM kicks off two days of red meat council annual meetings

The peak industry council representing beef cattle producers across Australia has conducted its 2021 annual general meeting, while further AGMs follow today for the Red Meat Advisory Council and Meat & Livestock Australia. Source: Beef Central Cattle Council AGM kicks off two days of red meat council annual meetings

Weekly property review: Satisfying the thirst to buy requires preparation

Many primary producers in all regions of Australia are experiencing a genuine thirst to expand their property holdings to support growing businesses. Coupled with the perfect storm of low interest rates, high commodity prices and for many, the breaking of drought, rural properties are selling fast and for record prices. In this week’s review, industry… Read more »

Agforce president elected NFF director, NSW producer stands down

Queensland beef producer and Agforce general president Georgie Somerset has been elected to the board of the National Farmers’ Federation, with a NSW producer stepping down. Source: Beef Central Agforce president elected NFF director, NSW producer stands down

Supply, demand factors push export manufacturing beef prices to near record levels

The recent strength in manufacturing beef price fortunes is helping offset at least some of the pain for Australian export processors facing record high slaughter cattle procurement costs. The benchmark 90CL grinding beef price for Australian beef sold into the US hit A864c/kg on Friday, easily its highest point all year. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Heifer sells twice as cattle producer thanks life-saving service

A Queensland cattle producer donated the proceeds from a heifer which sold twice at the South Burnett Livestock Exchange yesterday to the RACQ LifeFlight Helicopter Rescue team, in a  heartfelt thank you to the emergency service for its life saving efforts after he was injured while working with cattle on his Murgon property in September. … Read more »

Sheep Producers Australia welcomes new director

PEAK national body Sheep Producers Australia has appointed former Meat & Livestock Australia market information manager Ben Thomas to its board. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia welcomes new director

Victorian sheep vet raises scabby mouth outbreak alert

VICTORIAN sheep producers are being advised to report animals affected by mouth and hoof lesions as flocks battle severe outbreaks of scabby mouth due to favourable Spring conditions. Source: Sheep Central Victorian sheep vet raises scabby mouth outbreak alert

Weekly rainfall update + rain outlook 24 November 2021

RAINFALL was widespread throughout Australia over the past week, except for the grain belt regions of Western Australia and much of Victoria. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall update + rain outlook 24 November 2021

Unvaccinated shearers and shed hands walk to new jobs

VICTORIAN shearing contractors and farmers are risking fines of more than $100,000 as unvaccinated shearers and shed hands leave responsible employers to work elsewhere. Source: Sheep Central Unvaccinated shearers and shed hands walk to new jobs

Farmers unite to unlock environmental asset values

AUSTRALIAN farmers are flocking to aggregate their carbon and environmental assets while protecting their valuable farm data via a unique co-operative structure. Source: Sheep Central Farmers unite to unlock environmental asset values

Roma sale 23 Nov 2021: Calves sell to record 878.2c

The market strengthened further with steers, heifers and cows mostly improving, and a new top price record for Roma was set again. Source: Beef Central Roma sale 23 Nov 2021: Calves sell to record 878.2c

Vale David Hanlon

Widely known and respected agribusiness and personal development coach David Hanlon has passed away in Brisbane, after a lengthy battle with leukemia. He worked extensively with Australian farm sector businesses helping individuals become more effective business managers, people managers, leaders and business strategists. Source: Beef Central Vale David Hanlon

Prominent animal activist takes a bid at federal Senate

Chris Delforce, former director of animal activist group Aussie Farms, has put his hat in the ring for the upcoming federal election, angering the farming community. Source: ABC Livestock Prominent animal activist takes a bid at federal Senate

NSW Farmers group to seek shearing workforce solutions

IMPROVED training courses for sheep shearers and wool classers will be sought by a New South Wales Wool Technical Advisory Group formed by the state’s peaking farming body. Source: Sheep Central NSW Farmers group to seek shearing workforce solutions

Climate models point to La Niña rain potential

THE chance of above-average rainfall across northern and eastern Australia during summer increased with the Bureau of Meteorology today declaring a La Niña has developed in the Pacific Ocean. Source: Sheep Central Climate models point to La Niña rain potential

How long will America accept the beef that China rejects?

Pressure in mounting on Brazil, the world’s largest exporter of beef, over its handling of two outbreaks of mad cow disease, and Australia looks set to benefit from tightening restrictions. Source: ABC Livestock How long will America accept the beef that China rejects?

Producers urged to be cautious trading carbon credits

Australia’s carbon market has been the source of plenty of hype this year, with the price of carbon credits more than doubling in the past 12 months. But producers are being warned to think about their own carbon neutrality before selling them Source: Beef Central Producers urged to be cautious trading carbon credits

Weekly kill: Grids finishing the year at record highs

Stronger export trading terms are helping offset some of the pain for export beef processors forking-out record money for slaughter cattle across eastern Australia this week, as the 2021 season heads towards its final stages Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Grids finishing the year at record highs

Create your own category, Littleproud urges plant protein manufacturers

Australia’s federal agriculture minister has urged manufacturers of plant protein products to focus on creating their own category rather than trying to copy meat. Source: Beef Central Create your own category, Littleproud urges plant protein manufacturers

La Niña established in the tropical Pacific

The Bureau of Meteorology has reported today that a La Niña has developed in the Pacific Ocean, leading to an increased chance of above average rainfall across much of northern and eastern Australia during summer.  Source: Beef Central La Niña established in the tropical Pacific

Mixed report card for Ag in latest workers’ compensation statistics

Australia’s agricultural sector has received a mixed report card in Safe Work Australia’s latest release of Australian workers’ compensation statistics. Source: Beef Central Mixed report card for Ag in latest workers’ compensation statistics

After a tough decade, the good times are back for NSW dairy farmers

The NSW DPI releases its latest figures on how the diary industry is travelling and, after some really tough years, dairy farmers are back in the black. Source: ABC Livestock After a tough decade, the good times are back for NSW dairy farmers

Flooding triggers snap early morning evacuation order for Upper Hunter town

Residents of Denman in the NSW Upper Hunter were woken by doorknocking SES crews in the early hours of this morning as the Hunter River reached moderate flood levels. Source: ABC Livestock Flooding triggers snap early morning evacuation order for Upper Hunter town

What's with all the bird flu outbreaks lately, and should we be worried?

The COVID-19 pandemic may have crushed seasonal flu to historically low levels, but another type of flu — avian influenza or bird flu — has shown no signs of slowing. Source: ABC Livestock What’s with all the bird flu outbreaks lately, and should we be worried?

WA trials new wild dog management techniques

WESTERN Australia’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is testing innovative new approaches to wild dog management to help protect livestock in the state’s southern rangelands. Source: Sheep Central WA trials new wild dog management techniques

Victoria’s fox bounty tally approaches one million mark

ALMOST a million foxes and more than 4000 wild dogs have been destroyed by hunters accessing Victoria’s bounty programs in the past 10 years. Source: Sheep Central Victoria’s fox bounty tally approaches one million mark

Biodiversity rewards program for farmers planned

THE Federal Government will shortly begin consultation on legislation to support new income streams for farmers who improve biodiversity outcomes on their land. Source: Sheep Central Biodiversity rewards program for farmers planned

Online buyers focus on store sheep and lamb opportunities

BREEDING sheep prices took a hit on AuctionsPlus last week, but new season crossbred and Merino wether lamb values held firm in the overall reduced offering. Source: Sheep Central Online buyers focus on store sheep and lamb opportunities

Woolpack Australia aims for $10m Series A fund-raising

SUSTAINABLE thermal packing company Woolpack Australia is looking to establish a state-of-the-art wool processing, research and development facility in the next 12 months after receiving a $4.8 million Federal Government grant. Source: Sheep Central Woolpack Australia aims for m Series A fund-raising

Wool processing feasibility options to be explored

NEW wool market and processing opportunities will be explored with a $662,000 Federal Government grant to peak grower body WoolProducers Australia. Source: Sheep Central Wool processing feasibility options to be explored

Low 6.5pc wool grower turnout at AWI AGM

ONLY 6.5 percent of eligible levy payers voted at the 2021 Australian Wool Innovation annual general meeting, sparking concerns about the level and quality of engagement between the research, development and marketing body and its shareholders. Source: Sheep Central Low 6.5pc wool grower turnout at AWI AGM

CBH intake hits 6.3Mt in WA harvest

WA growers have delivered 2Mt of grain to the CBH network in the week to yesterday to lift its harvest intake to 6.3Mt. Source: Grain Central CBH intake hits 6.3Mt in WA harvest

Restockers take charge at Ballarat + VIDEO

Restockers from a wide area of eastern Australia gained the upper hand in a firm to stronger demand for store cattle at Ballarat on Friday. Source: Beef Central Restockers take charge at Ballarat + VIDEO

Wet spring hinders summer crop progress

The wet spring across eastern Australia that has interrupted winter crop harvest and led to flooding in some regions is also causing issues for emerging and early-growth summer crops. Source: Grain Central Wet spring hinders summer crop progress

Stockyard orders backing up as manufacturers inundated with bookings

Wait times on the installation of new yards and cattle handling equipment are starting to blow-out, with manufacturers seeing a surge in demand across the supply chain. Source: Beef Central Stockyard orders backing up as manufacturers inundated with bookings

Will farmers lose access to diesel under net zero commitments?

In the wake of the Federal Government’s recent commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, Federal Agricultural Minister David Littleproud has been quizzed on the implications of the target for farm diesel use in Kerry Lonergan’s latest The Weekly Grill interview. Source: Beef Central Will farmers lose access to diesel under net zero… Read more »

Lighter steers and heifers softer in smaller 14,968 head AuctionsPlus offering

With supply impeded by rain and logistics, total AuctionsPlus offerings were down ten percent on the previous week, at 14,968 head. The sharpest contraction was observed through the young heifer lines, with the 330-400kg category back 59pc. Source: Beef Central Lighter steers and heifers softer in smaller 14,968 head AuctionsPlus offering

What could WA's new land reform package mean for you?

Mixed reactions to new proposed land tenure reforms that will see millions of hectares of land unlocked for renewable and economic diversification projects around the state. Source: ABC Livestock What could WA’s new land reform package mean for you?

This $1m machine is making the most out of pig poo

This imported machine is helping unlock the power of poo by taking waste from a nearby piggery and pumping it into the soil — helping to increase food production along the way. Source: ABC Livestock This m machine is making the most out of pig poo

AA Co’s ambitious framework for sustainability action can benefit broader industry

Australian Agricultural Co has made five potentially industry-shaping climate and sustainability commitments, as part of its innovative sustainability framework released today – and the broader industry stands to benefit richly from many of the actions. Source: Beef Central AA Co’s ambitious framework for sustainability action can benefit broader industry